Another day, another Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor. Ex-LG David Zuckerman makes four, and ex-LG Doug Racine may make it five.
Meanwhile, the Democratic field for governor is seen in the Artist’s Rendering above.
Nobody. No one. Not a soul. Zero, zilch, nada.
Dip into the Democratic rumor mill?
Crickets. No sign that anyone in Democratic circles is even considering a run.
It’s already too late for a relative unknown to mount a competitive statewide campaign. By “relative unknown,” I mean anybody who’s never held or won a major-party nomination for a statewide office. See: Christine Hallquist, 2018. After getting a late start, she didn’t have enough time to both (1) introduce herself to the electorate and (2) do the necessary fundraising.
Yup, the fix is in. Phil Scott, presumptive governor-elect. Two More Years!
Eventually, someone will step forward. For the party’s sake, let’s hope it’s someone more substantive than, say, Emily Peyton.
Like maybe, just sayin’, absolutely no inside information here, Brenda Siegel. She’s twice been a statewide candidate. She’s used to running a no-frills campaign. She’d be unafraid to go toe-to-toe with the governor.
I’m not saying she’d be competitive. The party establishment, including most of the major donors, would sit the campaign out. She’d likely face the same fate as David Zuckerman two years ago. But she wouldn’t pussyfoot around. She might, at the very least, put some dents in that Phil Scott Teflon.
I can practically hear Democratic eyes rolling back into their skulls at the prospect of Siegel being their standard-bearer. Well then, find somebody you like better. Find a credible Democrat with some backbone. A Democrat willing to fight for the party’s honor, rather than sitting back and waiting for a convenient vacancy. A candidate willing to draw clear lines between Phil Scott and the Democratic Party’s alleged agenda.
You know, that stuff they’re always talking about. Paid family leave, $15 minimum wage, a robust climate agenda, education funding reform, an array of consumer protection measures. A progressive agenda that couldn’t be hamstrung by the most veto-happy governor in state history.
It’s a tough ask. Being a statewide candidate is a huge commitment of time and energy. You’re asking someone to sacrifice ten months of their life, and almost certainly lose.
But. If the Democrats can’t find someone within their ranks willing to do that, they need to do one of two things: Support whoever wins the nomination, or shut the hell up about legislative wish lists that aren’t going anywhere until Phil Scott exits the scene.